The art of filigree was born during the Roman period and it was passed down through generations of skilled medieval jewelers, often emulating the work of the Byzantine goldsmiths of Constantinople, embellished crosses, reliquaries and the covers of Bibles.
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“When crafting a piece, the end result is always different, each piece is unique. It is hand-crafted work, a work of love”
Filigree TechniqueFiligree is the most delicate technique used to work precious metals, usually of gold and silver. It is an age-old and detailed jewelry expression in which skilled artisans painstakingly solder tiny beads and twisted threads to create striking artistic motifs, suggesting often an exquisite and intricate lace-like pattern.
In the old days there were around 120 artisans, and in less than ten years there are only 12 filigree artists in Portugal. There are a lot of items conceived by machines naming it as filigree, but then there are things that engines will never be able to do.
“It takes thousands of attempts to get right and the threads can be as thin as a hair. The way the material is bend will never be the same, the threads can bend a little bit more or a little bit less, machines can’t do this.”